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Senate asks police to parade suspects arrested over mace theft

Senate asks police to parade suspects arrested over mace theft

- The six suspects who invaded its chamber and stole the mace last month are to be paraded

- Senate has started taking steps by asking the inspector-general of police Ibrahim Idris not to delay any longer before parading them

- Senator Ben Murray-Bruce said it is common sense that when the police arrest crime suspects, they parade them

The Senate has asked the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to order the immediate parade of the six suspects who invaded its chamber and stole the mace last month.

Suspected thugs had, on April 18, 2018, invaded the Senate chamber while plenary was ongoing and made away with the symbol of authority of the legislature.

The vice chairman of the Senate committee on media and public Affairs, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, alleged that the suspects probably had the backing of some top government officials.

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According to him, “I think it is common sense that when the police arrest crime suspects, they parade them. Kidnappers are paraded. But some people broke into the National Assembly and they were not paraded.

“The police should tell Nigerians why the suspects have not been paraded; they (police) should come and explain.

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“It is very disgusting and annoying that this thing happened some weeks ago, and they have not paraded the suspects, but petty thieves are being paraded every day.

“Those who invaded the National Assembly rode in an SUV valued at about N50m. I leave the rest to your imagination.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that protesters stormed the Senate chamber on Wednesday, April 18, and stole the mace. The protesters are supporters of a suspended senator, Ovie Omo-Agege.

They left the National Assembly with the mace in a black SUV. The mace is the symbol of authority of the parliament.

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